Mr. Mark Rose (Fraser Valley West):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege concerning the announcement made yesterday by the Secretary of State having to do with an $85.4 million youth package called Summer 73.
I feel that my privileges as an elected member of the House have been infringed because the announcement of this new program, involving a huge expenditure, was not made in the House. It was made to the press outside the House before any member possessed any information at all as to the scope and thrust of the program. This somewhat unparliamentary procedure on the part of the Secretary of State interfered with the privileges of hon. members inasmuch as by his action he effectively denied those who are interested in following the program the opportunity to make observations and comments in the House.
I call upon the Secretary of State to desist from this practice of issuing press releases on such occasions and to correct his initial insensitivity to the rights of parliament by making a statement on motions today, fully explaining to the House the nature of the program, Summer 73.
Subtopic: MR. ROSE-ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUMMER 73 YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM OUTSIDE HOUSE